Colossians 4

Fellow Workers

1Masters, grant to your slaves justice and fairness a  knowing that you too have a Master in heaven.

2 b  Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving; 3praying at the same time c  for us as well, that God will open up to us a d  door for e  the word, so that we may speak forth f  the mystery of Christ, for which I have also g  been imprisoned; 4that I may make it clear h  in the way I ought to speak.

Lit Walk
j  Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward k  outsiders
Lit redeeming the time
m  making the most of the opportunity.
6 n  Let your speech always be
Or gracious
with grace, as though seasoned with p  salt, so that you will know how you should q  respond to each person.

7 r  As to all my affairs, s  Tychicus, our t  beloved brother and faithful servant and fellow bond-servant in the Lord, will bring you information. 8 u  For I have sent him to you for this very purpose, that you may know about our circumstances and that he may v  encourage your hearts; 9
Lit along with Onesimus
and with him x  Onesimus, our faithful and y  beloved brother z  who is one of your number. They will inform you about the whole situation here.

10 aa  Aristarchus, my ab  fellow prisoner, sends you his greetings; and also ac  Barnabas’s cousin Mark (about whom you received
Or orders
instructions; ae  if he comes to you, welcome him);
11and also Jesus who is called Justus; these are the only af  fellow workers for the kingdom of God ag  who are from the circumcision, and they have proved to be an encouragement to me. 12 ah  Epaphras ai  who is one of your number, a bondslave of Jesus Christ, sends you his greetings, always aj  laboring earnestly for you in his prayers, that you may
Or stand firm
Or complete or mature
am  perfect and
Or made complete
fully assured in all the will of God.
13For I testify for him that he has
Or much toil or great pain
a deep concern for you and for those who are in ap  Laodicea and Hierapolis.
14 aq  Luke, the beloved physician, sends you his greetings, and also ar  Demas. 15Greet the brethren who are in as  Laodicea and also
Or Nymphas (masc)
Nympha and au  the church that is in
One early ms reads their
her house.
16 aw  When
Lit the
this letter is read among you, have it also read in the church of the Laodiceans; and you, for your part ay  read
Lit the
my letter that is coming from ba  Laodicea.
17Say to bb  Archippus, “Take heed to the bc  ministry which you have received in the Lord, that you may
Or continually fulfill
fulfill it.”

Lit The greeting by my hand of Paul
I, Paul bf  write this greeting with my own hand. bg  Remember my
Lit bonds
bi  imprisonment. bj  Grace be with you.
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